Win grant to supply more baby goods

RUSHING to locate goods that a disadvantaged family might need on any given day, Dandelion Support Network, which works with local hospitals and agencies, such as Metro Assist and Barnardos, has just received a $5,000 ‘Helping You Help Others’ grant from Canterbury Bankstown Council.

A grassroots charity, Dandelion Support Network accepts donations of new and used essential nursery equipment, children’s clothes, linen and toys from the community.
“Since we began at the end of 2011, we have worked with over 180 community service agencies and hospitals to assist more than 9,500 vulnerable families from greater Sydney,” Operations and Volunteer Manager Melanie Gill said.
“The funding will allow us to purchase bassinets, cots, car seats and prams which will allow us to help 29 disadvantaged families affected by the pandemic with items to ensure their babies and children are sleeping and travelling safely.
“Along with these items, Dandelion will also provide preloved clothing, toys and linen which will ease the financial stress of the families, so they will have everything they need for the safety, well-being and development of their children.”
Since the March lockdown, Dandelion has helped 121 families, including 219 children, with essential nursery items for their babies and children.
“We have given out six bassinets, 19 cots, 39 car seats, 29 prams, 143 toy packs, 251 clothing packs and 66 linen packs as well as various other essential items such as baby baths and nappy bags, since this time to Canterbury Bankstown residents,” Ms Gill said.
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